The Connected Battlefield Blog

Abaco Systems helps military and aerospace organizations minimize program risk and bring programs in on time and on budget. Our integrated, rugged systems solutions are based on a product range that includes single board computers, high performance embedded computing (HPEC), digital signal processing, GPGPU, image processing, sensor processing and avionics. We ally to those products our understanding of applications including ISR, EW, SIGINT, radar, sonar and 360 degree situational awareness. Our customers know that Abaco System brings industry-leading expertise and experience, together with broad and deep customer support.

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Good friends are hard to come by

UAVs are just one example of military platforms in which minimizing SWaP - size, weight and power - is essential to mission success. Haydn Nelson describes one of the ways in which Abaco is addressing the challenge.

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Learning by some means learning by all

We recently announced that innovative cooling means that our SBC347D 3U VPX single board computer can operate at maximum speed even at temperatures as high as 75°C. However, as Phillip Henson points out, it’s not only our board level customers who benefit.

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Good friends are hard to come by

UAVs provide demanding challenges for computing suppliers - including delivering maximum performance in a space that is highly constrained in size, weight and power (SWaP). Here, Haydn Nelson looks at how Abaco rises to those challenges.

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Product management: our top five challenges

Having spent many years in a business development role, Pete Thompson was recently appointed Vice President, Product Management – a role that will see him determining our product priorities for the coming years. Here, he shares the challenges he sees ahead.

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Five reasons you need Built-In Test (BIT)

Abaco's Built-In Test is designed to provide a high level of assurance that a board or subsystem is operating as it should. Ross Newman describes what it is, what it does - and why it's an invaluable asset.

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More of Moore: the sequel

In the second of this 2-part post, Haydn Nelson looks at how the trend towards integrating even more functionality into a single piece of silicon has perhaps reached its apotheosis in Xilinx's new RFSoC technology.

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Learning lessons

When we helped the US Navy upgrade the networks on its fleet, we learned a lot - some obvious things, and some less obvious. John Thompson summarizes the lessons we hope to leverage in the future.

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When your life depends on it …

Abaco has announced a breakthrough in cooling technology that means the SBC347D can operate at its maximum rated speed even at 75°C. Richard Kirk explains why that's important.

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The challenges of dominating the electromagnetic spectrum (part two)

Yesterday, we announced the VP430 RF Direct Processing System, based on Xilinx's innovative Ultrascale+ RFSoC technology. Haydn Nelson explains why it is such a significant and exciting solution for developers.

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GTC 2018: it's a wrap (and we get Jensened)

On the final day of GTC 2018, Kevin Moran gave a presentation entitled “Defense Systems and AI-Enabled Vision Computing” - which seemed to find a very receptive audience.

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GTC 2018 day two: making the technology of the future come alive

New blogger Kirsten Kiley shares a little bit of the excitement from Day 2 of the GTC show and how she was struck by the sheer breadth of applications for AI.

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NVIDIA’s Amazing Event

Greetings from San Jose, and NVIDIA’s GTC 2018 conference. Following an interesting set-up day on Monday when, in the late afternoon, we discovered we had a boundary control issue (our booth had been installed in slightly the wrong place), Tuesday’s highlight was, as usual, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang’s keynote address. At the start of the presentation, Jensen promised to show the assembled throng Amazing Graphics, Amazing Science, Amazing AI, and...

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Things are changing at Abaco. For the better.

John joined us recently as our Chief Growth Officer. Here, he describes the initiatives he's been undertaking over the past few months, and how he expects them to deliver real benefits for our customers.

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Delivering More of Moore: More Silicon Means More Possibilities

Having worked with various silicon processing technologies for well over 14 years, I’ve witnessed how Moore’s Law has impacted CPU, GPU, and FPGA devices. Back in 2004, I was a part of a research group under Annant Agarwal at MIT CSAIL where students prototyped a 16-core processor. This was a project called the MIT RAW architecture workstation and was a tiled design. At that time, such a massive multi-core system was revolutionary. Since then,...

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Embedded World 2018: we look into the future

Yesterday at Embedded World 2018, we were at the NVIDIA Jetson Meetup, a session primarily aimed at universities and students to bring them up to speed with the latest iteration of NVIDIA Tegra SoMs (systems-on-module) – namely, the TX2. The event was very well attended, and it was great to see the next generation of developers being so excited about the possibilities and opportunities that come with NVIDIA Jetson technology - for AI, autonomous...

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